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Teaching the Environment: Transdisciplinary Perspectives ( Sep 18. – 19. 2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 1:43pm
University of Cologne (Germany), English Dept. II

We are looking for contributors to a transdisciplinary symposium on the didactical implementations of ecocriticism, critical animal studies and green cultural studies. With a special emphasis on transdisciplinary perspectives, we would like to discuss how the tenets of these academic fields can be incorporated into the daily practice of teaching the humanities and arts – without either breaching the topics' complexity, falling into the mode of environmentalist propaganda or succumbing to warnings and claims to catastrophic urgency which are hard to reconcile with an ethos of critical and democratic pedagogy.

[UPDATE] Friendship as Praxis: Towards Community (Cultural and Otherwise)

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 1:21pm
English Graduate Caucus of Simon Fraser University

21-23 June 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia

If there is 'no friend', then how could I call you my friends, my friends? By what right? How could you take me seriously? If I call you my friends, my friends, if I call you, my friends, how dare I add, to you, that there is no friend?

- Jacques Derrida, The Politics of Friendship (1994)

From this day forth, I would like you all to report to me your findings on the magic of friendship when, and only when, you happen to discover them.

- Princess Celestia, My Little Pony (2011)

AWP 2013 - Boston - Poetry CFP

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 12:34pm
Ruben Quesada

Seeking presentation proposals for the annual AWP conference in Boston, Massachusetts, March 6-9, 2013.

I seek panelists interested in presenting on "The End of Postmodernism in the Digital Age" as a central topic of discussion.

Far and Wide: Nam June Paik - Deadline: March 1, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 5:08am
Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Leonardo/ISAST)

Leonardo Electronic Almanac in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art Creative Technology) and following an exhibition organized by FACT and Tate Liverpool on Nam June Paik announces a special issue titled: Far and Wide: Nam June Paik. This issue explores the role of Nam June Paik in shaping the future vision of contemporary new media approaches, experimentation with emerging technology, aesthetics and conceptualizations.

Nam June Paik (1932-2006) changed the very idea of what making art might look like. An artist, philosopher, performer and composer (widely considered to be the first video artist), Paik was a true visionary whose work is defined by collaborations with other innovative artists and experimentation with emerging technology.

Not Here Not There - Deadline: January 31, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 5:06am
Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Leonardo/ISAST)

Leonardo Electronic Almanac in collaboration with The Samek Art Gallery and with Kasa Gallery announces a special issue titled: Not Here Not There. This issue arises out of the territory between two cultural streams.

Speed, Dromology and Invisibility? - Deadline: January 31, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 5:04am
Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Leonardo/ISAST)

From the futurist's speed through contemporary dromology to the disappearance of the human body? What are the future trajectories of a continuous process of acceleration? Is the disappearance of the body through artificial speed a process of invisibility or that of a visibility through acceleration?

The instantaneous communication across Web 2.0 and the speed of interactions has created the feeling of a contradiction between an idea of constant presence and that of the disappearance of the body in a constant trajectory of 'self-dissemination.' In 1909 the futurists envisaged a new world and some of their far-fetched visionary ideas have come to pass. What is the role that speed will play in the future of humanity in the twenty-first century?

The Asian Conference on Computer Science 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 2:03am
The International Academic Forum

CONFERENCE THEME: "Society and Technology: Our Emerging Future"

In his keynote address at ISARC 2006, Thomas Bock stated that "most of our life, be it agriculture, commerce, education, health care, warfare and industry, depends on relations between humans, society and mechanisms." This is even more true in 2012.

Recent Work on Women's Captivity and Slave Narratives

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 12:31am
Christine Danelski / SCSSAWW for the American Literature Assoc.

CFP: Recent Work on Women's Captivity and Slave Narratives (ALA: San Francisco, CA; May 24-27, 2012 Deadline: January 30, 2012).

SCSSAWW seeks recent work on women's captivity and slave narratives to explore connections and fissures between these two uniquely American narratives for a panel at the 2012 American Literature Association Conference.

Proposals of 300-500 words should be submitted to by January 30, 2011. Please include your email and a brief bio with the proposal. (Apologies for the short notice.)

Bright Lines: Culture On the Autistic Spectrum

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 11:38pm
Jes Battis, Assistant Professor, Department of English

"Am I on the spectrum?" asks Abed Nadir, a character on the show Community. He then provides an answer: "None of your business." His joke presumes that the audience will understand this reference to the autism spectrum, and Community introduces the topic of Asperger's Syndrome in its pilot episode. Since the publication of Temple Grandin's work on autism in 1986, there has been a textual explosion of work on Asperger's Syndrome and the autism spectrum. Changes to the DSM-V will replace Asperger's Syndrome with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, a broadening that could threaten the culture that aspie/AS-identified people have produced in the form of literature and visual media. This volume would explore representations of autism within popular culture.

May 2012:Regional Conference on Higher Education-Community-Industry Engagement

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 9:00pm

The Regional Conference on Higher Education-Community-Industry Engagement: Forging Meaningful Partnerships across ASEAN & Asia that will take place at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM or The National University of Malaysia) on the 7th to 9th May 2012.

This Conference aims to bring together diverse practitioners from academia, industries, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, foundations who are passionate about university-community-industry engagement for regional development.

CFP: Death and Dying in Literature (4/1/02; collection of essays)

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:28pm
John J. Han & C. Clark Triplett

Previously unpublished critical essays are being sought for a new volume tentatively entitled The Final Crossing: Death and Dying in Literature. Since the publication of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's landmark study On Death and Dying (1969), thanatology has attracted keen attention from various fields of study, including psychology, psychiatry, sociology, gerontology, and medical ethics. Interestingly, thanatologists in those areas frequently turn to literature in their study of death and the phenomena and practices related to it. Considering that death and dying is a prominent theme, motif, and symbol in world literature, it is no wonder that they find literary works resourceful.

MMLA Special Session: Bodies on the Marketplace

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 4:45pm
Midwest Modern Language Association. Special Session

Bodies on the Marketplace: Supply and Demand
This sessions welcomes papers on the body in performance, the media, the arts, and in pedagogy, i.e., the student body. Please send 250-word abstracts to Ann C. Hall, halla@ohio, by March 1. Include your name, address, phone, and email.

[UPDATE] CFP - This Rough Magic - Essays

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 4:40pm

This Rough Magic is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature. We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

•Genre Issues
•Narrative Structure
•Philosophy and Rhetoric

For more information, please visit our website: